The Manila Fame is a biannual showcase of the Philippines’ finest products from jewelry, accessories, clothing, household essentials, and furniture that are crafted by acclaimed, most artistic, and innovative designers, artisans and manufacturers. The recently concluded event, which happened on October 16-19, held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City was the 60th edition and the second for this year. The first was held on March 14-17, 2014 at the same venue. It was organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).
The first thing that I did was look for the founder and creative designer of Filip + Inna. This is because I am captivated by how she incorporates indigenous techniques into her modern designs. What comes out is a masterpiece. Len Cabili is not only making Philippine traditions alive with her creations, but she also provides livelihood to the best artisans all over the archipelago. The design in the photo above is T’boli-inspired.
Banigs in various colors and interesting designs. These are proudly made in Samar
Simple yet sophisticated throw pillow covers made from hand-woven abaca fiber.
Candy-colored necklaces from Cebu that are made from wood, nuts, resin, bone, and rubber.
Optimum quality abel Iloko blankets in unique traditional patterns by Balay ni Atong.
Aside from the high-end furniture by famous Filipino designers like Kenneth Cobonpue and Budji Layug, here are some home decors that caught my fancy.
I also saw some products from Korea, Indonesia, and India. The hand-carved candles by a Korean artist that carry the brand name Noo are too lovely to touch and impressively crafted.
Interested buyers complete an online registration to participate in this event. However, there is also an onsite registration for walk-in buyers. If you are wondering how Manila Fame looks like and is interested in buying finely-crafted local products, you can go and visit. There are items available for retail. Please keep in mind, though, that some really beautiful items are exclusively for foreign market.
I was at the Manila Fame for work. I am connected with a company that provides translation and interpretation services. We were tapped by the Philippine Embassy in Japan to assist Japanese buyers. One of the buyers that I had the chance to assist has an online store that sells pretty and unique stuff for the home, but its main product is pancake mix. The owner is planning to bring her product here in the Philippines. I am quite ecstatic that sometime soon I can already buy the perfect mix for fluffy pancakes in our local supermarkets!
This looks heavenly! Photo from Ultramix website.
The Manila Fame opens up business possibilities in two ways: foreign buyers take our products to their respective countries while they bring their products to ours. It can be truly economically beneficial if all goes well.